“It’s my comfort that’s most important!” I have the belief that most managers either manage based on how they would like to be managed or they manage based on how they were managed early in their lives. And examples of this are everywhere. Here's one. I know a relatively high level manager who uses predominately, as a management style, the style he likes used on him. He manages using a relatively "hands-off" management style. He gives his … [Read more...] about #33 Managing As You Like It!
Archives for April 2007
Hired for technology & fired for lack of fit “Technology or Fit; which is it?” Here is another case study of the adage… people are hired for their abilities and fired for their lack of fit. This applies to technical people and non-technical people as well. I have a client and friend who manages a group of people. He has had two assistants over the past two plus years. The responsibilities of the assistants is to support him and the … [Read more...] about #32 Hired for technology & fired for fit
“Influence is...” I recently read a question in April 23, 2007 BusinessWeek magazine (the Analyze This article of the UpFront section.) Part of the question was the following: "We have an employee who turns every interaction ---work-related or not---into a conversation about her. She's otherwise good at her job, but folks are beginning to avoid meetings with her or task forces on which she serves. "She sucks the air out of the room," a co-worker … [Read more...] about #31 It’s all about them!
"Is it lonely at the top?" I've been doing some reading about leadership by other authors lately. And I've been thinking about leadership in all it's different forms. I'm struck by how difficult people seem to make this "leadership thing". Leadership seems to be held in some kind of mystical state. There are certain ways in which a leader is supposed to behave. There are certain things a leader is supposed to do. There are little quips that are … [Read more...] about #30 Do Leaders Really Know?
“And the answer is.......” Once again it's happened. Another high level executive has been fired from a corporation for lack of fit. Not lack of performance, but lack of fit. But let me start at the beginning. There has been a lot of discussion over the years about whether leaders are born or made. Some swear that people are either born leaders or they're not. There are others who would alternately swear that leaders are made. And both groups … [Read more...] about #29 Are Leaders Born or Made?